Good enough

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You show me a man who has committed his entire life to God. I mean 100% fully committed in every area of life and you will be showing me a man who still does not deserve heaven.

We really get caught up these days in checking ourselves against some imaginary standard of “I’m good enough.”

I know I have fallen prey to it. We may not think those exact words. They may sound more like, “I sure am glad I am not that bad.” Or,”at least I am not that bad.”

They all have the same underlying message: ” I’m not all that bad. God has accepted people way worse than me.”

One of my favorite preachers, Adrian Rogers, use to say that the Ten Commandments were like 10 links in a chain. Now imagine that you are hanging over a lake of lava and those 10 links are the only thing holding you from falling into that fiery lake.

Imagine if just one of those links broke. You would fall into the lava. It doesn’t matter which one or how badly it was broken. If one of them broke you would fall in.

That is how sin is. It doesn’t matter which one we break or how badly broken it is. If we break one, then we are just as bad off as if we broke them all. God sees sin as sin.

Yes, there are varying degrees of punishment of sin, and there are sins God hates more, but it is still sin. Think about that the next time you think what you have done isn’t “all that bad.”

Get out of there, man!

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Not too long ago, I saw someone ask a question on a business forum. The question went something like this:

My wife is not very supportive of my business I am running. She doesn’t take an interest in it and doesn’t like it when I talk about it. What should I do?

There were a few comments saying that they needed to talk it out, show the importance of the business, make compromises, etc. But, what shocked and disappointed me, was the rampant amount of people saying:

Get out of that relationship, man!

If she doesn’t respect your work, leave her!

Life is too short to be in that relationship, run as fast as you can away from her!

This was very disheartening.

We are raising a culture that is obsessed with instant gratification. If they can’t have it now and easy, they are out. This isn’t just rampant in the “young, new generation”. This is invading the entire culture. I know several adults and seniors who are obsessed with instant gratification. This is very clear in relationships.

Only about 30% of the divorces that occur in the US are enacted because of adultery. That means that over 500,000 divorces in the US alone are because of issues not related to adultery. To read more about adultery being the only accepted reason for divorce, please see click here. In fact, according to research done by over 190 CDFA professionals, 43% of divorces were because of “basic incompatibility”.

Basic incompatibility covers a wide range of reasons, none of which could not be worked out with some work, time and care. But, unfortunately, our culture praises a quick “get away” and “live your life for you” mentality. This is truly sad.

Wolves among sheep

Jesus made it pretty clear: “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.”

There are wolves and sheep. If you are not a sheep, you are a wolf. Period. Something that really confuses and stirs a righteous anger within me, is when churches invite wolves onto the pulpit of their church. I have worked with someone in the past who says they are a Christian but none of their works show it, in fact, they show quite the opposite. But, when he wants to go speak at a church, they will have him come right up onto the pulpit and talk. In fact, not too long ago, I heard how the church had invited him and dozens of non-Christian kids to the church to hear him speak.

Since when do shepherds open the gates to hordes of wolves?

Churches, pastors, fellow brothers and sisters, we need to stop this. We need to stop welcoming wolves among the sheep! Especially letting them lead the sheep! A wolf only leads one way: back to its pack. Whether that person has “good” intentions or not, they will follow their fallen human nature and bring destruction.

We need to have strict restrictions on who is allowed to teach in our churches. The places where Christians look to be fed the Truth of God. Instead, we are bringing people up who will only preach destruction into the congregation! This needs to stop. Stop letting the wolves lead!

No, Satan is not cowering from you

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I saw a post on FaceBook the other day that said something like this:

When you carry the Bible . . . the devil gets a headache.

When you open it . . . he collapses.

When he sees you reading it . . . he faints.

When he sees you living it . . . he flees.

And just when you’re about to re-post this by hitting “Share” he will try to discourage you.

I just defeated him. “Share” this if you’re in God’s Army.

First off, this post is not seeking to spread the Word, it is what is called an “engagement post”. It is a way to rank higher in FaceBook standing because it encourages people to share it even though it does not have any real value. This post is simply made to drive traffic, not spread any kind of truth. That is relevant when you look at what is being said.

Here is the thing, the devil is not omnipresent. He cannot be everywhere at once. In fact, he cannot even be two places at once. Therefore, if he can only put his attention to one person who is fighting for God in this world, you are going to have to do a lot more than open your Bible, read it and share a post. The devil has bigger things to worry about. If you are the focus of the devil’s energy then you are doing something right, but it takes a lot to get his focus. You know, you basically have to be Job, or Adam, or Paul. You have to be seriously threatening him to get him to focus on you.

Now, if you wanted to switch the word “devil” for “demons” in this post, that would be more accurate but really only at the point of “when he sees you living it . . . he flees.” That is when it really matters. You could read the Bible, carry the Bible and open the Bible all day long but that won’t mean anything until you start living it.

I think we way underestimate who our enemy is. We think of Satan and his demons as characters in an animated movie. We see them as cartoons. Little creatures with red, pointy tails and pitchforks. This is so wrong. The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:8 that Satan is a “roaring lion, seeking whom he can devour.” A roaring lion is nothing like the image we have for Satan in our minds.

In the end, stop thinking shares on a lukewarm post on FaceBook is going to advance the kingdom of God. Teach people the truth. Live the Word of God. Get Satan’s attention. You will know when you get it.